Moscow, 25 March 2014 — Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) recorded the second-fastest growth of passenger traffic (RPK, +19.2%) and capacity (ASK, +17.9%) of any European airline in 2013 — well ahead of names such as Lufthansa, Air France-KLM, British Airways and Swiss, and more than treble the respective regional averages of 6% and 5%, according to the annual rating published by Airline Business magazine.
Aeroflot was also the only Russian airline among Europe’s five largest carriers by passenger traffic and capacity for the second year running. Aeroflot’s passenger traffic in 2013 amounted to 60.2 billion passenger-kilometres, while capacity reached 76.5 billion seat-kilometres (calculated by multiplying the number of seats offered for sale by total flight length).
Aeroflot’s management team in 2013 continued delivering on the ambitious strategic goals set for the airline, which recorded a second straight year of dynamic growth while maintaining a focus on cost control and a high level of operational efficiency.
«Aeroflot Group as the leader in the Russian aviation market intends to take its rightful place alongside the major players of the global industry. Our goal is to be among Europe’s top five airlines and in the global top 20 by passenger traffic and revenue,» Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said.
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Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2013, its 90th anniversary year, Aeroflot carried 20.9 million passengers (31.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve more than 1,000 destinations in 178 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates one of the most modern and youngest fleets in Europe, numbering 150 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners with an average age of 5.6 years. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company’s European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008 compliant. In 2013,Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the second time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.